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PRESIDENT

Dr Francis Yeoh
  • Professorial Fellow and Chair for Entrepreneurship at the School of Computing, National University of Singapore
  • Executive Director, The Mediapreneur Incubator

Francis Yeoh is presently Professorial Fellow at the NUS School of Computing, teaching entrepreneurship and mentoring startup companies.  In a career spanning over 30 years, he has been involved in various aspects of research and technology management, innovation and entrepreneurship.  He had been a research scientist, research institute director, tech company CEO, investor, professor and government policy maker.

He holds a PhD in Electrical Engineering, from Loughborough University (UK) and a Masters degree from the MIT Sloan Fellows programme for innovation and global leadership.

VICE-PRESIDENT

Dr Lee Cheng
  • Vice Chairman, Medical Board (Clinical), Institute of Mental Health
  • Senior Consultant, Dept. of Community Psychiatry, Institute of Mental Health

Assoc Prof Lee Cheng has been a member of the Singapore Association for Mental Health (SAMH) since 1997. He has held many appointments within SAMH and is currently the Vice President since 2016. He is also a board member of the National Council of Social Service (NCSS) since 2014 for which he serves in the Services Committee and Advocacy and Research Committee to help to enhance service delivery and advocacy in the area of mental health. He was also the President of Silver Ribbon Singapore from 2011 to 2017.

Assoc Prof Lee is the Vice Chairman Medical Board (Clinical) at the Institute of Mental Health (IMH) since March 2012. He was also appointed the Programme Director for the National Addictions Management Service in IMH in May 2017.

He has been the President of the Singapore Psychiatric Association since 2013. He is also a member of the Singapore Medical Council’s Complaints Panel since 1 December 2012 as well as a member of the Specialist Advisory Board to the Singapore Armed Forces in Psychiatry since 1 January 2014. He has received many awards over the years including the Healthcare Humanity Award in 2008, the Public Service Star Service Award in 2010, the National Healthcare Group Distinguished Achievement Award in 2014 as well as the Friends of MSF (Ministry of Social and Family Development) Award in 2017.

He will receive his appointment as a Justice of the Peace for a term of 5 years with effect from 24 April 2018.

HON SECRETARY

Ms Saw Seang Pin
  • Advocate & Solicitor, Singapore
  • Head of Project Evaluation & Communications, Global South Initiative, OM International

Ms Saw Seang Pin is a lawyer. Most of her legal career was spent in investment banking, most notably ten years with Deutsche Bank as senior legal counsel for DB’s Asia-Pacific derivatives and structured products business.

After 15 years in law, Seang Pin changed direction and joined the non-profit sector. She spent ten years in the Singapore international headquarters of OMF International, a faith-based NGO operating in Asia-Pacific, in a variety of roles including leadership development, corporate structuring, and recruitment. She is now with another NGO (Operational Mobilization) where she is working on a project to enhance the financial sustainability of Global South workers.

HON TREASURER

Ms Joanne Chio
  • Head Clinical Trials, Dept. of Haematology – Oncology, National University Health System

Ms Joanne Chio currently heads the Haematology- Oncology Research Group ( HORG), which is the research arm of NCIS , National University Cancer Institute of Singapore, NUH. She led a team responsible for conducting Phase I to III clinical trials in cancer. HORG has conducted a number of first-in-man and first-inclass early drug studies. Through continuous research, her team has demonstrated that different individuals respond differently to the same drug. This has formed the basis of personalized cancer treatment.

Joanne also oversees the Cancer Therapeutics Research Group (CTRG), which is a joint research group that comprises of Directors from top oncology hospitals in Singapore, Hong Kong, Australia, Taiwan, and Korea. Their objective is to develop new therapeutic strategies for cancers common to Asia- Pacific. CTRG has a long-standing partnership with the U.S National Cancer Institute (NCI) and U.S. Mayo Phase II Consortium (P2C). Collaborating with NCI and Mayo P2C, CTRG performs clinical trials on new anti-cancer drugs in tumor types endemic to Asia.

Being a member of the Human Research Protection ( HRP) workgroup , she oversees the research activities of NUH. This committee works to ensure the safety, well-being and the rights of the patients are not compromised in research.

She is also an advisory board member of the Food & Life Sciences Advisory Committee of Nanyang Polytechnic, School of Chemical and Life Sciences.

Currently the Honorary Treasurer of Singapore Association for Mental Health (2017-18), she had held several other positions and has been a board member since 2007.

BOARD MEMBERS

Assoc Prof Daniel Fung
  • Chairman, Medical Board, Institute of Mental Health
  • Senior Consultant, Institute of Mental Health

Dr Daniel Fung is a child psychiatrist at the Institute of Mental Health’s Child Guidance Clinic. He is currently the Chairman Medical Board of Singapore’s Institute of Mental Health.  He graduated from the National University of Singapore’s Faculty of Medicine in 1990 and obtained a Masters of Medicine in Psychiatry in 1996 and was awarded the Singapore Psychiatric Association Book prize. Dr Fung is an Adjunct Associate Professor at the Yong Loo Lin Medical School, Duke-NUS Medical School, National University of Singapore and Lee Kong Chian School of Medicine, Nanyang Technological University.

Assoc Prof Leslie Lim
  • Senior Consultant, Dept of Psychiatry, Singapore General Hospital
  • Clinical Associate Professor, Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine, National University of Singapore
  • Adj. Associate Professor, Duke Graduate NUS Medical School

My interest in psychiatry stemmed from interest in the study of emotions and behaviour. Fully aware that psychiatry is a highly stigmatized profession, I nevertheless chose to embark upon this specialty to help alleviate the suffering of those marginalized by their illness and treatment. It was a difficult decision as I had to leave behind my interest in Internal Medicine. I also had to forsake 3 overseas music scholarships to take up undergraduate training in the faculty of Medicine. I trained in Psychiatry at St George’s Hospital Medical School Psychiatry training programme  in London. I was President of SAMH for 12 years.

Dr Ong Say How
  • Senior Consultant/Chief, Dept. of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry, Institute of Mental Health
  • Head & Senior Consultant, Child & Adolescent Mental Wellness Service, KK Women’s & Children’s Hospital

Dr Ong is a senior consultant child psychiatrist and Chief of the Department of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry in IMH. He obtained his Masters in Medicine (Psychiatry) in 1999 and Graduate Diploma in Psychotherapy in 2001 from the National University of Singapore. Since his return from a fellowship in New York in 2005, he has been deeply engaged in outpatient services for children and adolescents with psychological problems and has conducted research work in mood disorders, schizophrenia and ADHD. In Child Guidance Clinic, he uses art and other creative-expressive therapies to help children and young teenagers who suffer from anxiety, depression and trauma. In his free time, Dr Ong enjoys appreciating art in all its forms in art galleries, museums, live performances and pop-up art events. He is a frequent speaker in public forums and media interviews on child mental health issues. His authorship also spans various relevant topics on children and adolescent mental health.

Mr Danny Koh
  • Director, Tower Capital Asia

Danny Koh is the founder of Tower Capital Asia, a multi-strategy asset management firm. His firm is the significant investor in leading companies in Asia including Eu Yan Sang and Poh Tiong Choon. Besides private equity, the company invests in real estate opportunities globally. Danny has a Bachelor of Accountacy from Nanyang Technological University, Singapore. He is on the board of Alpha Singapore and the investment committee of National Council of Social Services, Singapore. Danny is married to Peck Hui Ping and they have 3 children, Benjamin, Isabel and Deborah.

Ms Oh Peck Li Jasmine
  • Head Counsel, Asia Pacific Region

Qualified as an attorney for over 25 years, Jasmine manages legal and compliance risks and provides legal solutions as the Asia Pacific head counsel in US multinationals for SE Asia, Australia, Japan, China and other countries to achieve business objectives. She has over 15 years’ experience in APAC legal leadership and support in diverse industries such as McDonald’s Corporation, Starwood Hotels & Resorts, and Solectron Corporation, where annual company revenues range from US$6 billion to US$24 billion. She has managed commercial transactions in China and emerging markets since 1999 to support fast growing revenues.

Jasmine has a Bachelor of Laws from National University of Singapore; a Master of Laws in Transnational Business Practice from McGeorge School of Law, Sacramento, California; and a Global Executive MBA from INSEAD (Paris).

Dr Joseph Leong
  • Senior Consultant, Dept. of Community Psychiatry / Rehabilitation Psychiatry Service, Institute of Mental Health

Dr Joseph Leong is a trained psychiatrist with focus on Rehabilitation and Recovery. He is passionate in helping persons integrate back to their family, to work and to the community as contributing members of society. He is the incoming President for Association for Psychiatric Rehabilitation, Singapore. He also volunteers his experience as Expert Advisor for Club HEAL, Caregiver Alliance, Hougang Care Center and St Andrew Nursing Home. He was recognised  with the Distinguished Public Service Star Award in 2013.

Ms Caroline Kwong
  • Partner, Laurel Capital Kingsway LLP

Appointed a Non-Executive Director of HLA since 22 February 2016, Ms Kwong was last re-elected on 22 April 2016. She is also a member of the ARC and NC of HLA.

Ms Kwong is currently the Managing Director of The Global Value Investment Portfolio Management Pte Ltd, an investment management company based in Singapore. Her investment focus is on commercialization of leading edge technology beneficial to a clean environment and sustainable living.

Ms Kwong has extensive experience in fund raising, corporate finance, capital markets and debt restructuring arising from her senior management positions previously held at Laurel Capital Kingsway LLP, United Kingdom; HL Bank (which is the Singapore branch of Hong Leong Bank Berhad); Mycom Berhad (now Dutaland) and Olympia Industries Berhad Group, Malaysia; PrimeEast Capital Ltd (now BNP Paribas Hong Kong), Hong Kong; and Deutsche Morgan Grenfell (Asia) Ltd (now Deutsche Bank), Singapore and Hong Kong.

Ms Kwong holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with Major in Finance and Human Resources Management, and Minor in French, from the California State University, Sacramento, and a Master of Science in Finance and Accounting from the London School of Economics and Political Science.

Dr Derrick Yeo
  • Consultant Psychiatrist, Institute of Mental Health

Dr. Derrick Yeo is a specialist in Psychiatry who currently works a Consultant in the Department of Forensic Psychiatry at the Institute of Mental Health, Singapore. He attained his basic medical degree, his Graduate Diploma in Family Medicine and the Master of Medicine (Psychiatry) from the National University of Singapore (NUS). Under the Ministry of Health’s Health Manpower Development Plan (HMDP) Fellowship, Dr. Yeo underwent one year of training with the renowed Institute of Psychiatry in 2016 and received a Master’s Degree in Clinical Forensic Psychiatry (with Distinction) from King’s College London. Grateful for all the opportunities given to him in his career, Dr. Yeo hopes to pass it forward by promoting good mental health in the community.

Dr Lambert Low
  • Consultant Psychiatrist, Institute of Mental Health

Dr. Lambert Low is a consultant psychiatrist practicing in the field of addictions. Aside from medications and counselling, he is also trained in the use of acupuncture to help patients recovering from addictions. He believes that all patients with mental illness have lives away from their illness and should be able to live their lives to the fullest potential.  He also believes that awareness and outreach are the cornerstones to destigmatizing mental illness. To this end, he has produced the IMH play titled “8-5” to create awareness on mental health issues and to raise funds for mental health.

Ms Lim Cheng Pier
  • Regional Director, SEA & Pacific, Cambridge English

Lim Cheng Pier currently holds the position of Regional Director for South East Asia & Pacific at Cambridge Assessment English, University of Cambridge.

She has extensive experience at growing emerging and untapped markets. Her monetisation capabilities is demonstrated by her achievements at LEGO, National Instruments and Apple.

Her leadership acumen is driven from her diverse exposure of cultures across Asia Pacific coupled with senior management discipline in her rich career with Multi National Corporations.

Her beliefs in creating sustainable growth through cultural diversity is anchored by her active engaged driven platform proven by her constant participation as advisory committee at SAMH, Tech Whye Primary School and other non-profit organisations.

Cheng Pier enjoys reading and music. Her passion in arts forms the basis of her inspiration to drive diversity and change.

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

Ms Tan Li Li
  • Executive Director

Li Li joined the non-profit sector in 2006, after more than a decade in the corporate sector. The change was motivated by a desire to make a difference and create an impact through purposeful work. She joined SAMH in 2014, overseeing the provision of quality and impactful services for the clients in 11 centres across Singapore.

Li Li is a volunteer of the National University Health System Regional Health Steering Committee, which looks at developing an integrated and holistic health and care delivery system for the population in the west. She is appointed the Board of Visitor by Ministry of Health under the Mental Health Care & Treatment Act. Li Li contributes to Kaplan’s Healthcare, Psychology & Counselling Industry Advisory Board to provide guidance on relevance of curriculum content and latest industry trends. She is also a council member of the Community Care Manpower Council.

Prior to joining the Social Service sector, Li Li held leadership roles in multinational corporations and new regional startup such as Airbus Helicopter & Sud-Chemie South East Asia.

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